The Method Doesn't Matter
“He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.” - John 9:6 What do you think would happen if a preacher did that today? I suppose it would depend upon the results. If the man was healed, then everyone might accept the peculiar method.
But there would still be skeptics and critics who would say, “That’s just plain weird.”
Jesus healed a lot of people. But He varied the method.
Not everyone got the mud in the eye. Sometimes He simply touched someone. Other times He merely spoke the word. In one case, a woman touched the hem of His garment. He cast out demons, raised the dead, healed the lame, the sick, the poor, the rich.
But He never did things exactly the same way.
Because He doesn’t want us getting hung up on a method. The real emphasis of Jesus’ life and ministry is His message, the proclamation of the Gospel and of His saving grace.
And even then, He chose a variety of methods to communicate. He preached to large crowds, He taught small groups, He spoke to individual people at wells, in trees, at weddings, and over meals. He mingled with the religious crowd, as well as “tax collectors and sinners.”
Jesus performed miracles and healed people, but He also told practical parables, filled with spiritual truths that spoke to people in language they could understand. He confronted the theologians of His day, challenging them with deep, spiritual concepts such as being “born again” and their own hypocrisy.
Jesus and the apostles varied their approach, led by the Holy Spirit, to keep people from focusing on methods and miracles rather than God.
The Lord will never be boring or even predictable in His loving pursuit of us. He is creative, and willing to meet each of us where we need to be met, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. He will speak to us in ways that will surprise, delight, and cause us to realize how much we need Him.
So be listening, watching, and anticipating.
The Lord is on the move.
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